TOWN OF RIVER FALLS REGULAR BOARD MEETING
Monday, March 16, 2015; River Falls Town Hall
Elected officials and staff present: Diana G. Smith, LeRoy Kusilek, Brad Mogen, Supervisors; Ruth Stern, Clerk; Rita Kozak, Treasurer; Jerome Rodewald, Zoning Administrator
The meeting was called to order at 7:50 P.M. by Chair, Diana G. Smith. A joint public hearing with the Plan Commission was held for the purpose of taking public comment regarding a rezone request from Michael and Debra Moody. The request is to rezone a parcel of land from A-1, Exclusive Agriculture to A-2 Agriculture Residential. The land is located in the SW¼ of the SW¼ of S9/T27N/R18W at address N8199 900th St. Art Dolan questioned proper mailbox placement for a proposed driveway and building site on the property. Mike stated this issue would be properly addressed according to required standards. Zoning Administrator, Jerome Rodewald, stated that he supported the rezone based on the fact that the house would sit on non-prime farmland soils, that there are no issues from the city with the proposed rezone, and that the request is consistent with the planned land use of this area. Roy moved that the Plan Commission forward a recommendation of approval for the rezone request to the Town Board. John Oliver seconded. Motion carried. Roy moved to adjourn the Plan Commission meeting. John seconded. Motion carried. Brad moved that the Town Board approve the Mike Moody rezone request in the SW¼ of the SW¼ of S9/T27N/R18W, at address N8199 900th St. LeRoy seconded. Motion carried.
Brad moved to approve the March 2nd regular board meeting minutes. LeRoy seconded. Motion carried.
Tom Jenkins, Rural Insurance, was present to discuss town insurance policies.
LeRoy moved to approve the March 16th treasurer’s report. There is a money market balance of $388,926.78. Brad seconded. Motion carried. Brad moved that the Ashlee Peterson fire call account be forwarded on to the collection agency. Diana seconded. Motion carried.
Jerome reported on zoning/building activities. Brad moved that a reimbursement check be issued to Peter and Bonnie Anderson for a building permit fee and a building inspection deposit. The Anderson’s are not ready to build at this time. The Town will retain the impact fee and site inspection fees.
Resolution Regarding County Assessing: Brad moved that the Town approve Resolution #2015-B, A Resolution Opposing County Assessing Proposal. The resolution shall be forwarded to Senator Harsdorf, Representative Knutson and the Governor’s office. LeRoy seconded. Motion carried.
Hiring of Recycling Center Assistant/Committee Meeting Recorder: No action taken.
Farmland Preservation Plan Update: Jerome reported that the Land Use Ad Hoc Committee is reviewing approximately 15 potential advisory rezones based on the updated Farmland Preservation Plan classifications.
Spring Newsletter: The board will review the newsletter via e-mail prior to April 1st. The newsletter will be mailed out following the spring election and prior to the annual meeting and the initiation of field work for the revaluation project.
Employee Handbook: No action taken.
Town Hall Shop/Maintenance: Small landscaping and painting/staining projects will be completed at the Town Hall and Town Shop in the spring of 2015 through volunteer efforts or by existing staff members.
Annual Meeting Agenda: The board reviewed the 2014 agenda which will be followed for the 2015 annual meeting. The annual meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 21st beginning at 7:00 P.M. at the Town Hall. Outgoing board member, LeRoy Kusilek will also be recognized for 34 consecutive years of town employee and town board member service.
Legal Opinion on ETZ: Diana has not received any information from the City Attorney regarding town/city regulatory authorities within the ETZ.
LeRoy moved to approve the March 16th listing of bills. Brad seconded. Motion carried.
Brad moved that the board go into closed session under Wis. Stats. 19.85(1)(c) to evaluate employee data. LeRoy seconded. Motion carried. Upon completion of the closed session meeting Brad moved to go back into open session. LeRoy seconded. Motion carried. No actions or recommendations were brought forward into open session.
LeRoy moved to adjourn the meeting. Brad seconded. Meeting adjourned.
Ruth Stern, Clerk